Sundays are fun days!

Greetings!

I had these overly ambitious plans to wake up at 7 on a Sunday morning (ha) to get to the Columbia Road Flower Market as it opened at 8 (ha). But it being Sunday morning at all, I should have settled for a reasonable wake up time. And I did. Finally left the flat at a quarter to 11 and then waited unusually long for the Tube and took a ride to Liverpool Street Station. Wasn’t exactly sure where I was going, but there are these map posts every other block so that was immensely helpful and after a few wrong turns, I found my way. I feel like writing about this experience isn’t as effective as showing you pictures, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking for this segment of my day.

Along Columbia Road are a whole bunch of charming shops full of stuff you don’t need but must have. Unlike Black Ink, many of the stores have handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind products. My favorite store was J & B, a collaborative effort between two London based artists named Jesse Chorley and Buddug Humphreys. Paper lights! Mobiles! Dried flowers! Embroidered everything! Pottery and pendants with handwritten quotes! Ahhh! I love it all! Hugely inspiring and I definitely brought that with me to the studio today (I’m writing this on Monday, you’ll hear about Monday soonish). I hit up a few more shops like this and I would have floated on down that block all day, but I was pressed for time. Rob Ryan, one of my favorite papercut artists, has a shop on Columbia Road, but I guess I didn’t reach it! I’ll obviously get back there soon. Maybe an indulgence is in order. I had just enough time to take the Tube to Charing Cross where I met up with Daniel to go to the ICA. The exhibit that was closing that day was kind of a miss, but there was also an exhibit about the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, the sculptures that have occupied it over the past decade or so and the controversy  the various sculptures aroused in the public. This article will give you a nice explanation of the history of the Fourth Plinth.

After the ICA and a cup of coffee, we went to the National Portrait Gallery. Great fun! It was nice to meet the royals and see some fantastic paintings that looked more like photographs. If you can do that, you have a gift.

We also went to this exhibition:

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2012 offers a unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

Through editorial, advertising and fine art images, this year’s entrants have explored a range of themes, styles and approaches to the contemporary photographic portrait, from formal commissioned portraits of famous faces to more spontaneous and intimate moments capturing friends and family.

This year the competition attracted 5,340 submissions from over 2,350 photographers ranging from gifted amateurs and talented students to established professionals. The selected works for the exhibition, many of which are on display for the first time, include the four prize winners and the winner of the first John Kobal New Work Award.

Gorgeous portraits. Maybe I’ll enter for next year’s competition. I’ll keep toting the camera around.

After the museum, I made my way home, SKYPED WITH GINA HI GINA HI! and then went back out to get a drink with Caren. When I got home I went straight tobed. 9+ hours, baby! Let’s do it again!

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